Jose Mourinho spoke to L'Equipe on various topics, including his replacement at Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - whom he called a 'puppet'.
"Generally, the players can feel a certain erosion, especially when you ask a lot of them,” Mourinho said. “When I say that the second season was fantastic, I say it because the potential and the objectives were met.
“I really squeezed, like an orange, to achieve that. When you have a very professional group of players who are ambitious, hard-working and talented, at a structured club, you don’t have that erosion.
"When you are almost alone, in that you don’t have the support of the club close to you, while certain players go somewhat against the coach, who is the nice guy? I don’t want to be the nice guy, because the nice guy, after three months, is a puppet and that doesn’t end well.
“I said nine or 10 months ago that after winning eight championships, finishing second with United may have been my greatest achievement. Now people understand. About United I want to say only two things: One is that time has spoken. Two is that the problems are still there.”